The transfer deal taking left-back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla to Liverpool has been cancelled after the two clubs failed to agree a fee.
‘We couldn’t reach an agreement’
Sky Sports cite an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca saying: “The matter of Alberto is practically settled. We couldn’t reach an agreement and I don’t think it can be revived.
“It was a great offer, but the player is only 21 years old and it’s possible that the catharsis of being with the national team had a positive effect.”
It was alleged that the Reds tabled a bid worth between £16 - £18 million last month, before Sevilla bumped up the asking price to in excess of £20 million.
Moreno, who failed to make the 23-man cut for Spain’s World Cup squad, has a bright future ahead of him. At a tender age in footballing terms, he progressed through Sevilla’s youth ranks and made his first team debut in April 2012, coming on as a substitute against Athletic Bilbao.
Great things are expected of the young Spanish left-back, after a series of impressive performances in last season’s La Liga.
Verdejo did admit, however, that if the price is right then the club may be forced to accept the bid.
“I don’t think we’ll make a lot of moves, but if on August 14 a club comes along and they give you a mountain of cash, well...I know you don’t like to hear it, but we are economic managers.”
Sevilla’s stance on Moreno has been clear all along; if a club is willing pay over the odds, then the player is for sale. However, it appears that Liverpool will not be held to ransom over player fees and must now pursue alternative targets.
What next for Liverpool?
It appears that Brendan Rodgers is determined to strengthen his options in the left-back position. With injuries to Jose Enrique ruling him out for the majority of last season, Liverpool were forced to turn to loanee Aly Cissokho and academy graduate Jon Flanagan.
With Cissokho returning to parent club Valencia, and Flanagan primarily a right-back by trade, it’s obvious that Liverpool need reinforcements.
The likes of Marcos Rojo, Ricardo Rodriguez and even Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand have all been linked. It certainly appears that whoever is targeted will fulfil Liverpool’s philosophy of buying young players relatively cheaply and moulding them to the benefit of the team.
Do you think this is a blow to Liverpool? Or do you think they are right to pursue alternative targets? Have your say below.
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